Reading the news will make you smarter, more open-minded, cultured, and, maybe it’s just me, but sexier. However, not everyone has the time or, let’s be honest, attention span for it.
Remember my earlier post on how reading the news helps you be an adult? Enter theSkimm.
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But also PSA: reading the actual news is really important.
If your news sources being with http://www.buzzfeed.com or are affiliated with The Huffington Post in any way, it’s great that you know what’s happening in the world, but you should really REALLY read articles from better sources. Those two websites in particular just regurgitate information in a less intelligent way, to make it easier to digest. Google News does a pretty good job of compiling multiple articles on the same story, and newsmap.jp is a cool almagamator tool that makes a headline bigger if it’s reported on more, so you know what the big stories are.
Ethical journalism emphasizes a lack of bias in reporting, but since the news is written by human beings and not robots, there is often a touch of bias or political leanings in both what is reported and how it’s reported. Think about South America and Africa. The majority of news coming from the global south is related to natural disasters and political revolutions, something called Coups & Quakes Syndrome. And yet, we all know that baby North West did a Chanel photoshoot.
Another problem is the Americanized lens with which news from other countries is reported. The best way to get an account of what’s really going on in another country is to read articles in the original language, but since that’s nearly impossible, the closest thing we have is Al Jazeera. They definitely do the best job of reporting as truthfully and subjectively as possible, and of providing a POV that isn’t entirely Westernized.
So, to make what I just said “easily digestable”:
1) Know what’s happening
2) Pay attention to potential bias
3) Consider multiple sides of an issue.